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Hervé Boutin – The French Chocolate Maker

Hervé Boutin is the chocolate maker from rural France whose 35-year career has taken him on a whirlwind adventure across the globe. From working in the fast-paced kitchens of Paris to luxurious five-star hotels in Asia, his continuing love affair with chocolate is an inspiring tale. Settling in Sydney in 1990, Boutin now teaches baking trades at The Illawarra Institute of Wollongong (part of TAFE New South Wales) to young and eager pastry chefs wanting to launch into their own careers. When he isn’t teaching, Boutin practices his well-rehearsed skills making chocolates at Lixie Chocolaterie. He can regularly be found in the open-plan kitchen whipping, piping and decorating our favourite indulgent treats. His story starts in south-east France where he grew up on a farm with his grandmother, grandfather and younger sister, “when you live on a farm, you find that all your primary ingredients surround you,” Boutin says. “Whether it’s the vegetables you dig up from the ground, or the poor chickens and rabbits that unfortunately end up on the frying pan, you see everything …